Joe Wilson got involved in documentary filmmaking through his social activism on human rights issues. Frustrated by the limitations of traditional organizing and advocacy, he picked up a camera with hopes of reaching broader audiences with stories that would inform and compel people to act.
Joe was the Program Officer for Human Rights & Global Security at Public Welfare Foundation in Washington, DC for 10 years. Before joining the Foundation, he worked with the Pacifica Radio Network’s national public affairs program Democracy Now, and was a director of domestic and international grants programs at Share Our Strength, a Washington, D.C.-based anti-poverty organization. Joe received his B.A. in Urban Planning and Economics from the University of Pittsburgh and served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in the West African country of Mali.